Definition of plead verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    plead

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pliːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pliːd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plead
    BrE BrE//pliːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pliːd//
     
    he / she / it pleads
    BrE BrE//pliːdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pliːdz//
     
    past simple pleaded
    BrE BrE//ˈpliːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpliːdɪd//
     
    past participle pleaded
    BrE BrE//ˈpliːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpliːdɪd//
     
    (North American English also) past simple pled
    BrE BrE//pled//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pled//
     
    (North American English also) past participle pled
    BrE BrE//pled//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pled//
     
    -ing form pleading
    BrE BrE//ˈpliːdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpliːdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to ask somebody for something in a very strong and serious way synonym beg plead (with somebody) (to do something) She pleaded with him not to go. plead (with somebody) (for something) I was forced to plead for my child's life. pleading eyes plead to do something He pleaded to be allowed to see his mother one more time. + speech ‘Do something!’ she pleaded.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive, no passive] to state in court that you are guilty or not guilty of a crime (+ adj.) to plead guilty/not guilty How do you plead? (= said by the judge at the start of the trial) The accused was deemed unfit to plead. plead something He advised his client to plead insanity (= say that he/she was mentally ill and therefore not responsible for his/her actions).
  3. 3[transitive] plead something to present a case to a court They hired a top lawyer to plead their case.
  4. 4[transitive, no passive] plead something (for something) plead that… to give something as an explanation or excuse for something He pleaded family problems for his lack of concentration.
  5. 5[transitive, intransitive] to argue in support of somebody/something plead something She appeared on television to plead the cause of political prisoners everywhere. plead for somebody/something The United Nations has pleaded for a halt to the bombing.
  6. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘to wrangle’): from Old French plaidier ‘go to law’, from plaid ‘discussion’, from Latin placitum ‘a decree’, neuter past participle of placere ‘to please’.Extra examples His eyes silently pleaded with her. She successfully pleaded their cause with the mayor. She was almost pleading with him. The teacher was today desperately pleading for news of her son who has disappeared. They pleaded for mercy. I was forced to plead for my child’s life.
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